• Class Number 4176
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert
    • Dr Babatunde Obamamoye
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

Interventions & State-building looks at the interplay between the different conceptual understandings of the state, with state weakness and fragility on the one hand and state formation and state-building on the other. The course discusses how international interventions can reinforce state fragility or positively contribute to strengthen state capacity and societal cohesion. Crosscutting themes include (good) governance, inclusion and exclusion of local actors, securitization logics and the progressive detachment of international actors from local contexts, as well as new technologies of interventions and their impact on the ground. The course looks at the relationship between state-building and peace-building in countries that have experienced conflict. It explores these issues in the context of different types of states, including both ‘resilient’ and ‘failed’ states, drawing on diverse case studies drawn from post-conflict and transition countries especially in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of concepts and theories in the discourse of interventions and statebuilding.
  2. Critique scholarly perspectives in the field of international interventions and statebuilding.
  3. Analyse the major approaches to governance and statebuilding in developing and transition countries.
  4. Apply the theories of statebuilding to understand the contemporary challenges and outcomes of international interventions.
  5. Integrate cases in the analysis of international interventions and statebuilding.
  6. Develop strong written and oral communication.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction – What is Statebuilding?
2 The State: From State Capacity to Societal Cohesion
3 Theories of Statebuilding: From Institutional Approaches to Legitimacy Approaches Weekly reflection piece (10%)
4 State Fragility: From Listing Fragility to Resilience Approaches
5 Statebuilding under International Administration
6 Local Resistance to International Interventions
7 The Perils of Military Interventions Essay (50%)
8 Unintended Consequences of Interventions (1): Rentier Dynamics
9 Unintended Consequences of Interventions (2): Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
10 The Hubris of Liberal Peace Interventions
11 Non-Western Agency in Liberal Interventions
12 Decolonising Interventions Take-Home Exam (40%)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Weekly reflection piece 10 % * * 1, 2 and 4
Essay 50 % 18/04/2023 02/05/2023 1, 2, 3 and 4
Take-home exam 40 % 26/05/2023 09/06/2023 1,2,3, and 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 and 4

Weekly reflection piece

Students are expected to do the readings each week and actively participate in seminar discussions. To this end, beginning from week 3, students will be required to turn in a 100-word reflection piece each week. The piece will summarise what you think are the two (2) key arguments from the weekly readings and one (1) question you have either in relation to the reading or the topic. Each student is expected to turn in 10 reflection pieces from weeks 3 to 12. The piece must be submitted by 11:55pm on Friday each week. The score from the reflection piece is 1 for submission and zero for non-submission and late submission.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 18/04/2023
Return of Assessment: 02/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 and 4


In this essay, students will draw on a specific case to unpack and explain the complex rationales for local resistance in the context of international intervention. The essay will be 2,700 words in length (+/- 10%), exclusive of the bibliography and footnotes. It should be submitted on 18 April 2023 by 11:55 pm via Turnitin, and the estimated return date of marked essays to students is 2 June 2023. The value is 50% of the overall mark.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 26/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 09/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3, and 4

Take-home exam

The take-home exam requires students to demonstrate in written form their overall understanding of the key concepts, issues and debates on international interventions and statebuilding. To take this exam, you have to read and engage with the course literature and other relevant courses. The assessment is 1,500 words in length (+/- 10%), exclusive of the bibliography and footnotes. The value is 40% of the overall mark. It should be submitted on 26 May 2023 by 11:55 pm via Turnitin, and the estimated return date is 9 June 2023. A list of questions will be provided on Wattle. Late submission is not allowed.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

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AsPr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

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Dr Babatunde Obamamoye

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Dr Babatunde Obamamoye

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